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Des Moines Iowa Homestead (Newspaper) - August 16, 1917, Des Moines, Iowa Ore than 150 Des Moxnes Iowa August 16, 1917. Whole no. 3123 he National tractor demonstration held at Fremont Nebraska last week under the auspices of the tractor and Thresher Divi Sion of the National implement and vehicle association was a Mammoth affair. This was the fifth event of this character and the number of tractor entries As Well As the attendance eclipsed All former records. When the first demonstration was held in 1913, the was a novel thing and a. Quarter Section of Lanu answered All the demonstration needs that year As there were but eighteen entries. The next year it required a half Section to fur Nish a workable area for the Twenty eight trac tors. In 1915 400 acres were slowed by the forty eight trac tors that participated. Last year there were Nealry 100 tractors on the ground and 800 acres of land was required for the demonstration. There were eight demonstrations in All last year but the officers of the National implement and vehicle association decided that in 1917 there would be but one con test requiring an area of acres to care for All the entries. This land was Avail Able in the Vicinity. Of fre Mont and there were tractors enough on hand last week to plow every foot of it. The biggest crops. Individuals raise never before have the tractor demonstrations been made so intelligible for the visitor As was the Case this year. Every outfit was placarded showing the Brake horse Power of the engine the revolutions per minute the blowing Speed in Miles per hour and the kind of fuel used there were some Mammoth outfits in the con Cape we pl0wh18 thirty acres a Day but interest m the main entered m the tractors capable of pulling two and three plows. These were followed mile after mile by Tor has come the improvement of a tractor plow and the character of the work done in the Fields this year far surpassed the demonstrations of the past. Surface trash was Well turned under and the furrows in most instances were and True. The plows entered the soil at a _ line and were taken out at the end with a ing abruptness that would be the envy of horse Plowden. Apparently plow manufacturers have Faith in the coming of the tractor judg ing by the skill that they have displayed in adapting their plows to this form of newer. But the work it was made plainly apparent last week at Fremont that the Days of tractor Bluff were Over. Manufacturers have Learned that the Farmer thousands of knows a Good honest Furrow when he sees it. There were As Many As and visitors on the grounds daily last week and unquestionably among this number would be thousands who were seriously contemplating supplementing their horse Power with tractors. Most men believe in blowing deeper than they actually practice. They Are convinced that they have skinned Over the soil at a depth of three or four inches Long enough and it was therefore a pleasing sight to see Many blowing outfits test week cutting eight inches deep in a stiff soil. The comment that one could hear on every hand regarding these deep Farrows was of the most favourable character because it is a Well known fact that the deep blowing farm visitors walked the headlands con tractors were at work. The i h a last week was not confined wholly to blowing. There were drills in the Field Many disks surface packers harrows and indeed an innumerable Vari Ety of surface tillage implements. Even Corn planters and cultivators were operated with Gas. While blowing is an important Branch of tillage it is not the whole thing. Keen interest was displayed last week in the work of har rowing risking drilling and packing the soil. At these tasks Many of the tractors seemed at Home. Putting the soil in shape after it is slowed is heavy work on horses because the footing is bad and an important part of their Energy is taken up in walking Over the land. The big wheeled tractors seemed to move Over the Mellow ground with ease leaving it in most cases in Ideal Condi Tion for a seed bed. Even the _ an equipment that do the heavy work of soil tillage quickly and do it thoroughly. The three Furrow plows were turning Laud at the rate of eight nine and ten acres a area that would require two men each operating a four horse outfit. If one might judge from the comments heard on every hand last week it would be Safe to conclude that visitors on the whole were convinced that Power farming had come to stay. Here and there on the grounds could he found men who had tried out the tractor in a practical Way and were enthusiastically championing its cause. Coincidental with the development of the trac risking and harrowing and this made Strong a peal to those who All their lives have be ii handling but one implement at a time even with four and six horse hitches. Interest in tractors has been greatly stimulated by the rapidly increasing Price of Grain. One visitor Yuho owns a 440-acre farm was Dis playing special Zeal Over the Workings of a 12-20 tractor. He was accompanied by a. Neigh Bor who was an enthusiastic Champion of the horse and who was a sure enough doubt inst continued on Page a Headquarters of both tractor and accessory manufacturing c if i ill f
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